Bartleby & Co.

Enrique Vila-Matas

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Bartleby Co Marcelo a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka inhabits a world peopled by characters from literature He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of lov

  • Title: Bartleby & Co.
  • Author: Enrique Vila-Matas
  • ISBN: 9780099453727
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marcelo, a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka, inhabits a world peopled by characters from literature He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of love, but since then he has been able to write nothing, and a nervous breakdown has meant that he has not even been able to put pen to paper He has, in short, become a Bartle Marcelo, a clerk in a Barcelona office who might himself have emerged from a novel by Kafka, inhabits a world peopled by characters from literature He once wrote a novel about the impossibility of love, but since then he has been able to write nothing, and a nervous breakdown has meant that he has not even been able to put pen to paper He has, in short, become a Bartleby , so named after the scrivener in Herman Melville s short story who, when asked to do anything, always replied, I would prefer not to One day Marcelo sets out to make a search through literature for all those other possible Bartlebys who, for whatever reason, have had the urge to say No, and with this in mind he has the engaging notion of keeping a diary and writing footnotes to an invisible text.

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    1. Brian on said:

      Take a minute and think about all of the books that you will read in your life. Imagine a large room, books stacked floor to ceiling - everything you've read. Now imagine outside of that room all of the books that you will never read - they line the halls, choke the doorway and cascade down the front steps to a sea of tomes that looks endless down the street. As a reader, those books are as good as having never been writ. You can know of them, but without sampling between the covers you can't re [...]

    2. Mike Puma on said:

      5 stars for the idea. 5 stars for the execution. 5 stars for the lasting consideration that will haunt my reading. 5 stars for the ones many of you won’t (and, perhaps, shouldn’t) give it yourself.Before you read this volume, if you should choose to, read or re-read Bartleby, the Scrivener, unless, of course, you prefer not to.For me, many roads lead toward or away from Roberto Bolaño. E V-M is one of the landmarks on those roads. Of Bartleby & Co. Bolaño has written (in Between Parent [...]

    3. Fernando on said:

      "Un escritor que no escribe es un monstruo cortejando a la locura" Franz KafkaEste año ha sido muy intenso para mí en lo que a literatura se refiere, y parte de esa intensidad se debe a la gran cantidad de clásicos que pude leer, pero además porque tuve la oportunidad de descubrir muchos autores y libros que nunca había leído y que me han resultado maravillosos, gratificantes, encantadores. En el caso de los autores conocí a Yukio Mishima, Anne Brontë, Leonid Andreiev, H.C. Lewis, Willia [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      According to Enrique Vila-Matas there's a Literature of the No which doesn't exist but is still very important. Well, there's also a Reviewer of the No and it's me, and I sayNOto this maundering waffly postmodern excuse. In order to say YES to this book you need to enjoya) many many many references to writers you will never have heard of unless you are a student of second-division European literature. Do these names show up on your radar?Bobi BazlenMarcel SchwobGustav JanouchClement CadouFelipe [...]

    5. Sawsan on said:

      بطل هذه الرواية كاتب, كتب رواية واحدة وتوقف عن الكتابة لمدة 25 سنةيحاول العودة للكتابة مرة أخرى بكتابة هذه الملاحظات أو اليوميات, موضوع هذه الملاحظات هو كُتاب أدب ال لا و( لا) معناها هنا لا للكتابة أي الكُتاب الذين توقفوا عن فعل الكتابة ويسميهم باسم بارتلبي - شخصية من رواية للك [...]

    6. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      My friend is telling me how innovative is Junot Diaz's 2007 book: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao because it uses too many footnotes and they are all interesting footnotes and even more interesting than the book's main story.I agree. But I would like him to wait and read this 2000 first published book by a Spanish author, Enrique Vila-Matas, Bartleby & Co. Why?Because it is all footnotes! This is a book of footnotes so there are no chapter numbers or headers but only numbers at the begi [...]

    7. Arwen56 on said:

      E' incredibile. Ho appena attribuito 5 stelle a un libro che, praticamente, mi confina nel ruolo della cretina integrale. Se ne deduce che dev'essere proprio vero. ROTFLPS: Appena mi passa la "ridarella", metto assieme un commento meno cretino. Nell'ambito delle mie possibilità di "cretina", ovviamente. :-DComunque, ve lo consiglio sin d'ora. E' davvero notevole.******Ok, la “ridarella” mi è passata. :-)Questo libro non è proprio un romanzo, benché lo sia.Non è neanche proprio un saggio [...]

    8. Lucas Sierra on said:

      Es un gozo cuando la literatura se convierte en una celebración de la inteligencia, no como ese frío instrumento cuyo uso ha convertido al hombre en la dudosa cima de la cadena alimenticia, sino como esa risueña compañía capaz de prevenirnos a un tiempo de nuestro desamparo y nuestra esperanza. Es un gozo porque recupera una faceta tristemente relegada por el desdén generalizado hacia la labor del pensamiento: esa cara del ser humano como criatura de abstracciones y reflexiones, capaz, sí [...]

    9. Riku Sayuj on said:

      Any individual part of this book would have merited five stars, but as a whole I can only give three. I am sure it would have been much more intellectual if I were well read enough to sift amusing fact from playful fiction. As such, it was great fun, but pointless fun.

    10. Lee on said:

      Footnotes to a book that doesn't exist about writers who stopped writing ("those in the No") by a solitudinous Spanish hunchback. Clear, affectationless prose. A hybrid of biography, pseudobiography, pseudoautobiography, review, invention, quotation, invented quotation, and quick sad tales centerlessly centered on Rimbaud, Duchamp, Kafka, Beckett, Melville, Hawthorne, Salinger, Saramago, Cervantes, Henry Roth, and dozens of other "writers of the No," whether real or imagined. A unique yet totall [...]

    11. Cosimo on said:

      Il fondo delle navi"Scrivere è anche non parlare. E' tacere. E' urlare senza emettere suoni". Marguerite DurasLa cosa più ragionevole dopo aver letto Bartleby e Compagnia di Enrique Vila Matas sarebbe il silenzio, una rinuncia a scrivere che ne accolga la vocazione al negativo e ne accetti l'inafferrabile invito a ascoltare tacitamente un universo letterario indescrivibile e inesauribile. Scritte come note a un testo fantasma, le storie di questo ricercato viandante del possibile letterario so [...]

    12. Camille Stein on said:

      'Hoy en día, ya sólo nos cabe repetir. Sólo nos quedan unos pocos detalles ínfimos todavía inexplorados. Sólo le queda al hombre actual la tarea más ingrata y menos brillante, la de llenar los huecos con una algarabía de detalles.'(Marcel Maniere - 'Infierno perfumado') Bartleby o cómo traducir las pulsiones de creatividad y su efervescencia heterogénea de emociones prescindiendo del ámbito estricto del lenguaje. ¿Es acaso la literatura la inútil persecución de una inmortalidad imp [...]

    13. Fionnuala on said:

      reviewed in March 2011A fine blend of 30% fact, 30% fiction, 30% humour plus a good dose of geniusI enjoyed this immensely, especially not knowing half the time which characters were real and which were fictional. However I didn't find any reference to the fictional writer, Alejandro Bevilacqua from Alberto Manguel's All Men Are Liars in this intriguing book by Enrique Vila-Matas about writers who refuse to write. Manguel claimed that Bevilacqua was mentioned in this book. Another elaborate hoax [...]

    14. Alejandro Saint-Barthélemy on said:

      Vila-Matas makes a fool of himself when talking about Arthur Rimbaud (but this is the rule among Spaniard writers, Fernando Arrabal aside), and I'll use Hegel's dialectics to explain why:1) Thesis: Rimbaud was a literacy martyr. (This is a well-known statement, limited vision, cliché, you name it.)2) Vila-Matas's antithesis (which backfires in the synthesis against Enrique's pseudolucidity): Rimbaud stopped drinking, smoking and writing poetry for becoming a soulless hardworking dude and never [...]

    15. Teresa Proença on said:

      Como estamos enganados em tantas coisas que convicta eu estava de que só gostava de ler romancesComprei este livro (como compro muitos outros) sem me preocupar em saber de que tratava, apenas motivada pelas "estrelas" do , particularmente as de alguns amigos, cujas leituras e opiniões sigo atentamente. É por experiências e surpresas como esta, que me enriquecem e me proporcionam momentos de grande prazer, que sou dependente desta rede social e bendigo o dia em que nela me inscrevi.Afinal se [...]

    16. Bastet on said:

      Hay que ser muy bartleby para apreciar estas 86 notas sin texto, o notas a pie de página que comentan un texto invisible. Por ellas desfilan los principales escritores del No, aquellos que en un momento dado decidieron no escribir una sola línea más: Melville (el patriarca del movimiento), Walser, Rulfo, Rimbaud, Hawthorne, Guy de Maupassant, Salinger, Kafka, Gracq, Felisberto Hernández Si este libro me ha gustado tanto será que soy más bartleby de lo que creía.

    17. Drew on said:

      I can't really think about this book without comparing it to Markson's Vanishing Point. They're both collections of little tidbits about authors, although Vila-Matas' tidbits all fall under the theme of "literature of the No": masterpieces left unwritten, epic cases of writer's block, writerly suicides, literature that constitutes denial of the significance of literature.Bartleby and Co. mostly fails for me, though, because Vanishing Point's anecdotes tell a real story, albeit a hidden one. You [...]

    18. MJ Nicholls on said:

      As usual, Mike Puma is right and Paul Bryant is wrong. The Spanish David Markson. All wrapped up in books. For lovers of anti-novels and trivia.

    19. Jay Green on said:

      Amusing enough, I suppose, an extended wry reflection on a particular attitude toward literature presented in the form of footnotes to a book that hasn't been written; given the contents of the footnotes, one might at least feel grateful for that. I couldn't help but feel that this was an exercise in flaunting the author's erudition to very little purpose. Why else would you write such a book of half-baked philosophy and limited entertainment or educational value? Perplexing.

    20. Dagio_maya on said:

      "Tutti conosciamo i bartleby: sono quegli esseri che ospitano dentro di sé una profonda negazione del mondo"Un impiegato -proprio come Bartleby- decide di assentarsi dal lavoro fingendo una depressione. Solitario e gobbo si sente comunque felice perchè ha un compito da portare a termine e a cui si vuole dedicare completamente:"Oggi più che mai, perché do inizio - in data 8 luglio 1999 - a questo diario che sarà al contempo un quaderno di note a piè di pagina a commento di un testo invisibi [...]

    21. Vit Babenco on said:

      “These phantom books, invisible texts, are the ones that knock at our door one day and, when we go to receive them, for what is often a trivial reason, they disappear; we open the door and they are no longer there, they have gone.”Take an exhaustive excursion to a library of unwritten masterpieces, to a cemetery of buried ambitions, dead hopes and ruined aspirations and Enrique Vila-Matas will be your scholarly and knowledgeable guide.“Everything changes except God. ‘In six months even d [...]

    22. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      From Herman Melville's "Bartleby"--the scrivener who says NO for no visible reason ("I prefer not to," was his mantra of refusal)--the Spanish writer Enrique Vila-Matas conceived of a "theme of silence" in literature, tackling writers and artists (like Marcel Duchamp who gave up painting for chess) who preferred not to continue with their writing or art. Vila-Matas--displaying an extensive reading and research of his subject matter--paid homage here to what he coined the "Writers of the No."If y [...]

    23. B. Han Varli on said:

      yaşamımda yalnızca üç şey vardı: yazmanın olanaksızlığı, yazma olasılığı ve yalnızlıksize bambaşka bir bakış açısı getirdim. ret edebiyatı, bir kabus, bir ''yazmama'' sendromuedebiyatta bir uğursuzluk var, moral çöküntüsünün en büyük sorumlusu yazmak!sözcükler bile terk etti bizi ve bununla da her şey söylenip bittiki, bu minik ansiklopedide, içerisindeki seksen beş maddede, bu sözlerin üzerine ne söyleniyor?fonda chet baker varken; platon, kafka, becke [...]

    24. Guille on said:

      Cómo no va a gustarme un libro que empieza de esta guisa:«Nunca tuve suerte con las mujeres, soporto con resignación una penosa joroba, todos mis familiares más cercanos han muerto, soy un pobre solitario que trabaja en una oficina pavorosa. Por lo demás, soy feliz. »Estoy rendido a este no-escritor de novelas que son ensayos o de ensayos que son ficción atormentado por la inutilidad o la imposibilidad o la magnificencia inalcanzable de su oficio y de la vida. ¿Por qué escribir? ¿Por q [...]

    25. Juan on said:

      No sabía que esperar cuando lo comencé, simplemente era un libro recomendado. Pensé a inicialmente que era un ensayo para darme cuenta que era una novela ensayo de un escritor que escritor que escribe sobre un escritor que habla del problema de los escritores que no escriben o dejaron de escribir. Idea interesante, que para mi sorpresa fue muy bien ejecutada y hacen que se lea el libro de una manera muy fluida y se disfrute todos los sucesos sobre autores y su posición frente a la No escritu [...]

    26. Laura Leaney on said:

      I picked this up because I have such great affection for Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener," the Wall Street scribe who ultimately preferred "not to" write. I love the premise of this anti-book. The piece is a collection of footnotes, written by a reclusive hunchback who is unable to write. Very dark, very funny. I found myself nodding in agreement every five pages. Vila-Matas explores the reasons behind the pathological refusal to do what you know you crave to do. I enjoyed the narrator's fri [...]

    27. Eddie Watkins on said:

      Was reminded of this after posting a portrait of my office loser persona yesterday. The narrator is a hunchbacked loser who takes a leave from work to write a book, but is blocked, but in his blockage writes a book in the form of footnotes about authors or authors' characters throughout history who either refused to write, or couldn't write due to blockage, or who wrote but refused to reveal much of themselves, or who simply preferred silence or to remain non-entities, etc. What he calls "Writer [...]

    28. Jonfaith on said:

      There is a nihilist edge to this taxonomy, one which is evident and continues to persist. I find its serial interrogation necessary but not exactly fulfilling. That may be the point, it is likely the point. We can own our repetitions and accept our failing memories. We elect to refrain and endure likewise. Melville and Walser can offer tacit assistance. We only need dispose ourselves accordingly.

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